Northwest Counselors

General Northwest College Contact

General Department Email:

ADA Questions/Concerns/Intake: 

Lead Counselor (Alief Hayes Campus)-Patrick Nguyen, MS, LPC, NCC (he/him)

Patrick Nguyen, MS, LPC, NCC (Preferred method of contact)

Alief Hayes Campus
2811 Hayes Rd.
Houston, TX 77082


Patrick Nguyen has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) since 2018 and has worked as a Counselor at HCC since 2009. He has been in higher education student services since 2000 in counseling, academic advising, recruitment, student life, student retention, & college technology. He has counseled clients with grief, depression, anxiety, issues involving LGBTQ or identity, career, and social/cultural adjustments.

As of now, you have started the path to feeling better. Allow Mr. Nguyen to listen and help you get to where you want to be. We can only wish that it was as simple and helpful as conversing with the people around us. Mr. Nguyen’s goal is to give you a space for such a conversation. You talk; he’ll listen. In our sessions, we will form a supportive relationship using person-centered and cognitive-behavioral techniques that will be used as a basis for other relationships in your world. Mr. Nguyen focuses on how you feel, where those feelings come from, and how to set concrete steps for you to progress and succeed. Mr. Nguyen works with clients in high school, college, mid-life, and those nearing retirement.


ADA Counselor (Alief Hayes), Morgan Tuck, MA, LPC-S, NCC

Morgan Tuck, MA, LPC-S, NCC (Preferred)
Tel: 713/718-7053

Alief Hayes Campus
2811 Hayes Rd.
Houston, TX 77082


Morgan D. Tuck is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor in the State of Texas. She joined the HCC counseling team in 2023 as the ADA Counselor for Northwest College. Morgan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television from Sam Houston State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Mrs. Tuck has over 13 years of Higher Education experience serving students through work in student life, recruitment, admissions, advising, and counseling. Morgan is a National Board-Certified Counselor and Certified Career Counselor. Her specialties include working with adults through career/life transitions, grief, and anxiety. In addition to Higher Education, Mrs. Tuck has worked professionally in private practice, K-12 education, and clinical settings throughout her 18-year career.

Morgan is an active member of the Texas Counseling Association, Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, and past president of the Texas College Counseling Association. She is a Beaumont native, who enjoys volunteering, music, and spending time with her loving husband & friends.


Counselor (Spring Branch Campus), Tamara Petty, MA, MS, LPC-S, NCC

Tamara Petty, MA, MS, LPC-S, NCC

Tel: 713/718-7518
Fax: 713/718-5630
Spring Branch Campus
1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX 77043


Tamara Petty is a National Board-Certified Counselor who resides in Houston, Texas by way of the Midwest. Ms. Petty is a License Profession Counselor in the state of Texas. Ms. Petty has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Grambling State University. She also has two Master's degrees from Prairie View A&M one in Counseling and the other in Human Science.

Ms. Petty enjoys working with people and has been awarded the “Award of Champions” for managing a crisis counseling team during Hurricane Ike in 2009. Ms. Petty is currently a member of the Harris Co. Volunteer Organization National Disaster (VOAD).

Ms. Petty started working part-time at HCC as an advisor and as a Director of Admission/Counselor at the VAST Academy. Tamara has been working with HCC College for five years full-time as an ADA Counselor at the Northeast College and a General Counselor at the Northwest College. While working at HCC, Ms. Petty has been involved with the Diversity and Inclusion program and Ms. Petty is currently a member of the Houston Community College (CLP) program.



ADA Counselor (Spring Branch Campus), Lisa Parkinson, MEd, LPC (she/her)

Lisa Parkinson, MEd, LPC

Tel: 713/718-5422
Tel: 713/718-5667
Fax: 713/718-5430
Spring Branch Campus - RC12
1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX 77043


Lisa Parkinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas and a National Certified Counselor. She joined the HCC counseling team part-time in 2008 in Distance Education, now called HCC Online. She became a full-time HCC counselor in 2010 and has been a counselor for Northwest College since September 2012. Lisa obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 1997, and a Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling in 2008 from the University of Houston. 

Lisa also provides accommodations to students through HCC's Ability Services. In addition, she provides short-term personal counseling to enrolled students dealing with stress, anxiety, grief, and academic challenges using preferred counseling techniques including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Lisa is able to provide services to HCC students from application to graduation.


ADA Counselor (Katy Campus), LaRonda Y. Ashford, Ed.D., LPC

Dr. LaRonda Y. Ashford, Ed.D., LPC

Tel. 713/718-5408
Fax: 713/718-7990
Katy Campus - Counseling Office Rm 130.32 (First Floor)
22910 Colonial Parkway
Katy, Texas 77493



Dr. Ashford’s student affairs experience includes working with students in multiple areas of advising and counseling, international student services, disability services and grant programs. Other counseling services experience for Dr. Ashford includes community mental health, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence, and juvenile offender counseling services.

Dr. Ashford uses a reality therapy approach integrated with cognitive behavior therapy. Her clinical interests include sports counseling, juvenile offenders, and Mental Health and Wellness. Dr. Ashford discloses her research interest as being first-generation students, at-risk adolescents, and ethical and legal aspects in the workplace.